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Sentinel 1/24/12

Jessie Mai Flatt Chaffin

Funeral Services for Mrs. Jessie Mai Flatt Chaffin, 86, of Cookeville were held on Jan. 17 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Kenneth D. Chaffin officiating. Interment followed in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Cookeville.

Jessie Mai Flatt Chaffin passed away on Jan. 14 after a brief illness. She was born on June 24, 1925 in Jackson County to the late Henry F. and Delia Flatt. She grew up in Jackson County and attended Jackson County High School. On May 9, 1942 she married the love of her live Kenneth C.  Chaffin of Putnam County.

While her husband was in the service in World War II, she lived and worked in Oak Ridge doing clerical work for the Manhattan Project. After her husband came home from the war, they moved to Detroit, MI. While there, she worked at several types of jobs until their first son was born. She then took a long hiatus from working while she raised their son in  love and faith.

She returned to work to eventually enjoy a very successful career in retail jewelry. She served several firms in Detroit and Muskegon, MI, the Chicago suburbs, and finally Mobile, AL, while her husband was transferred from job to job. The only love of her life, besides her devotion to her family, was her devotion to Christ. She served as a Sunday school teacher, women’s teacher, and elder’s wife for over three decades. Her current membership was the College Side Church of Christ. She commented many times in the later years of her life that she couldn’t imagine a more wonderful life and family and felt truly blessed.

She is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth C. Chaffin and ten brothers and sisters.

Survivors include: son, Kenneth D. Chaffin and wife Jannie of Wake Forest, NC; grandchildren, Steven Chaffin and wife Laura of Wake Forest, NC and Bethany Lindsey and husband Ted of Murfreesboro; great-grandchildren; Brandon, Jacob and Caleb Chaffin; sisters, Edna Roberts of Gainesboro and Marie Hershberger of Warren, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her son would like to thank many people who have helped care for her at the Upper Cumberland Christian Home and her numerous nieces and nephews who have watched over her. The family would also like to thank the staff and doctors of the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Elizabeth “Liz” Gentry May

Elizabeth “Liz” Gentry May, 58, of Cookeville passed away on Jan. 15 at Masters Health Care Center. Funeral services were held on Jan 18 at the West Chapel Cemetery in the Fairview Community of Putnam County with John Phillips officiating. Hooper, Huddleston and Horner Funeral home were in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth “Liz” Gentry May was born on Jan. 24, 1953 and was an artist, enjoyed singing and was of the Baptist faith.

She is preceded in death by her father Kenneth Lee Gentry.

Surviving relatives include: her mother, Virginia Ann Rose Eckley of Vandalia, OH; son, Shawn Savage of Lebanon; daughters, Nichole Buck and Amanda May; granddaughter, Jade Clark all of Cookeville; brothers, Jon and wife Brenda Gentry of Vandalia, OH and Kenneth Lee Jr. and wife Alura Gentry of Boise, ID.

Roger Lee Norris

Roger Lee Norris, 49, of Gainesboro passed away Jan. 17 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Jan. 19 at Crest Lawn Funeral Home in Cookeville with Bro. Bo Perez officiating.

Roger Lee Norris was born on Dec. 13, 1962 in Chicago, IL.

He is preceded in death by his father Bobby C. Norris.

Surviving relatives include: his mother, Legusta Bailey; wife, Marcia Norris; daughters, Sherena Koester and Sabrena Flonida; sisters, Betty Meadows, Linda James and Carol Kobella; brother, Bobby Norris; step-children, Tony Cook, Dan Cook, Candance Slatyton and Christine Barendela; and grandchildren, Matthew Gibson, Jenna Barendela, Landon Cook, Sabashtin Thompson and Kingston Koester.

Frances C. Henson

Factory worker

Frances C. Henson, 88, of Baxter passed away on Jan. 18 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on Jan. 20 at the Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Raymond Hensley officiating. Interment followed at the Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery.

Frances C. Henson was born on May 24, 1923 in Jackson County. She was a factory worker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by: her parents, Greene McBroom and Ada McBroom;  husband, Charles R. Henson; brother, Edgar McBroom; and sisters, Stella Johnson and Ruby Hensley.

Surviving relatives include her son Charles B.”Chuck” Henson of Cookeville.

Card of Thanks

The family of Shirley A. Emerton would like to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all those who supported us during our time of grief. Thanks to those who visited, called, brought food, made donations or sent flowers. Special thanks to Mr. Jimmy Anderson and his staff for all their kind words and compassion shown to us during our time of need. Thanks to Mabry Health Care, Jackson County 911, Jackson County Ambulance Service, Cookeville Regional Medical Center Emergency Room staff and Jessica Kidder of Kidder’s Kuts. Words cannot express the appreciation we have for all those who were there with us. We will forever  be grateful. May God bless each of you.

Kim and Mike Lyon

Tim, Susan and Zach


Jason, Kelly and Payton


Pam and Danny Hammons

Card of Thanks

Our family would like to send out a special thank you to everyone who provided food, support and prayers for us in our family’s time of need. The kindness we received has been greatly appreciated in ways we cannot even explain. A special thank you needs to go out to Pastor Bobby Scantland and the Poston Chapel Church, Anderson Funeral Home and all the nurses who provided love and support to our dad. It is during the hard times when you see how many good people are still out there to step up and lend a helping hand. Thank you once again to all!


The family of Billie

Lando Scantland




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